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What is the spending on Defense?

In FY 2017 the federal government spent $822.9 billion on Defense.

That includes $598.7 billion on the military, $177.9 billion on veterans, and $46.3 billion on foreign aid.

Defense Spending Analysis

This page shows the current trends in defense spending. See here for a general history of US defense spending.

Recent Defense Spending

Chart S.41t: Recent Defense Spending

Chart S.42t: Recent Defense Spend as Pct GDP

The decade of the 2000s was the decade of the War on Terror, with Pentagon spending going from $294 billion in 2000 to $705 billion in 2011. Veterans spending increased from $47 billion in 2000 to $109 billion in 2010 and $175 billion in 2016. Foreign aid has increased from $17 billion to $45 billion a year.

Viewed from a GDP perspective, overall defense spending increased from about 3.5 percent GDP in 2000 to 5.7 percent of GDP in 2010-11. Since then defense spending has declined to 4.4 percent GDP. During this period veterans spending has grown from 0.46 percent GDP to 0.95 percent GDP.

See also Defense Spending History.

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US Defense Spending Since 1965

Defense has declined by over 50 percent since the peak during the Vietnam war.

Chart S.43t: Defense Spending since 1965

At the peak of the Vietnam war defense spending, including military, veterans, State Department, and foreign aid spending, hit 10 percent of GDP. But then it began a decline, down to 5.5 percent GDP in 1979.

In the Reagan administration defense spending was substantially increased, up to 6.8 percent GDP per year by 1986.

Starting in the late 1980s, even before the end of the Soviet Union, defense spending began a 15 year decline, down to 3.45 percent of GDP in 2001. That ended with the terrorist attack on 9/11 in 2001.

In the War on Terror, defense spending rose to 4.5 percent GDP with the invasion of Iraq, and then rose to 5.7 percent GDP with the anti-insurgent “surge” in Iraq. With the withdrawal from Iraq, defense spending has declined to 4.4 percent GDP.

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Spending Data Sources

Spending data is from official government sources.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and measuringworth.com.

Detailed table of spending data sources here.

Federal spending data begins in 1792.

State and local spending data begins in 1820.

State and local spending data for individual states begins in 1957.

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Data Sources for 2013_2023:

Sources for 2013:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 3.2, 5.1, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
'Guesstimated' by projecting the latest change in reported spending forward to future years

Sources for 2023:

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State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
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State Finances for FY2016

On May 11, 2017 the US Census Bureau released data on state finances for FY 2015 here, including spending and revenue for each individual state and for all states combined.

On April 10, 2018 we updated state and local spending and revenue data for FY2016 through FY2023 as follows:
  1. We replaced "guesstimatedstate spending and revenue data for FY2016 using the new FY2016 data from the Census Bureau.
  2. We replaced "guesstimatedlocal spending and revenue data for FY 2016 with estimates for each spending and revenue category using the trends in state finances between FY 2015 and FY 2016.
  3. We replaced "guesstimatedstate revenue data for FY 2017 with data from the Census Bureau's quarterly state tax summary here.
  4. We replaced "guesstimatedlocal revenue data for FY 2016 with estimates for each category using trends for each category of state revenue between FY 2015 and FY 2016.
  5. We replaced "guesstimated" state and local spending and revenue for FY 2017 thru FY2023 with new guesstimates based on the latest Census Bureau data for FY 2016 state finances and FY 2017 quarterly tax data.

State Finances for FY2016
Estimate vs. Actual

$ billionGuesstimateActual
Spending$1,708$1,707
Revenue$1,604$1,499

We expect the Census Bureau to release local spending and revenue data for FY 2016 not earlier than Summer 2018.

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